ExtraTorrent, one of the largest and most popular torrent sites left on the internet today, has been the target of multiple massive DDoS attacks over the passed few days.
ExtraTorrent admin SaM has confirmed that while many were at home enjoying their holidays, the team at ExtraTorrent was busy keeping the site online, as it was being hammered with cyberattacks.
“Extratorrent faced tons of cyberattacks over the last three days. Most of them were DDOS attacks. Cloudflare can’t help us because we get 40 to 50 million requests from the U.S. every hour!” ExtraTorrent’s SaM revealed.
To counter attacks and reduce the load on ET servers, the site temporarily limited access to several functions such as the ability to login for users.
A few days back ExtraTorrent received an email threatening attacks, if its operators didn’t remove newly added encryption that prevented unofficial mirrors and proxies from accessing their site, and essentially stealing their revenue.
To help ease the situation operaters at ExtraTorrent have disabled the recently added protection and taken additional measures to balance their servers.
“ExtraTorrent’s servers are still under high load but we have sufficient resources to keep it online. ET is the place to be!” SaM revealed.
It hasn’t been confirmed whether ExtraTorrent will be re-adding this encryption in the future, or if they have disabled it for good.
EverydayElectronics will keep you updated on the situation if any new details unfold. It’s important to note we always recommend using a high tier VPN service such as StrongVPN to ensure you’re protected while torrenting.